The Rays needed 163 games to get them to tonight's Wild Card matchup with the Indians who took advantage of inferior opponents down the stretch to secure ten consecutive wins and one of two American League Wild Cards. David Price went the distance for Tampa Bay on Monday, giving the Rays bullpen a chance to rest up for whatever may come tonight. Both managers will likely have to throw everything at the wall to see what sticks in the winner-take-all matchup.
Alex Cobb got the win at Yankee Stadium his last time out, pitching seven scoreless innings and moving to 11-3 on the year. Indians rookie Danny Salazar pitched 52 innings this season to a 3.12 ERA, and will be responsible for keeping Cleveland's turnaround season alive. He'll have to quiet the hot bat of Evan Longoria if he hopes to see his team advance to play the Red Sox in the ALDS. Longoria enters tonight 11 for his last 19 with seven home runs.
Tonight's game will be televised on TBS and Postseason.tv at 8:00 pm ET.
|2013 - Danny Salazar||2-3||10||10||0||0||0||0||52.0||44||18||18||7||15||65||3.12||1.13|
|2013 - Alex Cobb||11-3||22||22||1||0||0||0||143.1||120||46||44||13||45||134||2.76||1.15|
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Michael Bourn - CF||David DeJesus - LF|
|Nick Swisher - 1B||Wil Myers - RF|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||James Loney - 1B|
|Carlos Santana - DH||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|Michael Brantley - LF||Ben Zobrist - 2B|
|Ryan Raburn - RF||Desmond Jennings - CF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - SS||Delmon Young - DH|
|Yan Gomes - C||Yunel Escobar - SS|
|Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B||Jose Molina - C|